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Hospitality & Catering

WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

If you have a passion for food and restaurant service and you are hard working and dedicated, then our state-of-the-art kitchens and Skylight Restaurant are the perfect place to start your training. There is a shortage of qualified chefs in the UK and 100% of Hospitality and Catering students are employed within weeks of completing their course. Be part of that success - join us and develop the skills and knowledge you’ll need, supported by our dedicated and highly experienced staff.

WHAT WILL I DO?

You will undertake a wide range of experiences within the Hospitality and Catering area, based in our state-of-the-art kitchens and Skylight Restaurant. In the skills development kitchen you will increase your skills using a wide range of different foods using modern equipment, while in the Skylight Restaurant you will gain experience serving food and drink to paying customers. Our courses are delivered by tutors who have been professional caterers and front-of-house staff with a wealth of industrial experience.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

The Hospitality and Catering industry offers many exciting career opportunities. Previous students have worked in an international hotel, a Michelin starred restaurant, The House of Commons, a cruise ship or are now running their own business.

Catering – Professional Cookery Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery will provide you with the skills and experience to work competently within the hospitality industry whilst working towards the industry standard qualification. As an apprentice, you will work under close supervision of an experienced employer. You will learn all aspects of the industry while maintaining effective working relationships with other trades and customers.

Chef – Professional Cookery Level 2

This hands-on programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to help you become a professional chef. It will open doors to various sectors of the food industry and provide you with many workplace essentials. Throughout this course you will gain high standard cookery skills in our state-of-the art facilities, alongside other fundamental knowledge in hygiene, health & safety, teamwork and customer care.

Chef – Professional Cookery VRQ Advanced Diploma

In order to apply for this course you need to have achieved a Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery.

This hands-on programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to help you become a professional chef. It will open doors to various sectors of the food industry and provide you with many workplace essentials. Throughout this course you will gain high standard cookery skills in our state-of-the art facilities, alongside other fundamental knowledge in; hygiene, health & safety, teamwork and customer care.

ATTENDANCE PATTERN: 3½ days over 5 days
You will be expected to attend on at least three evenings per year

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  • Level: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Wednesday, 08 January 2020

Chef – Young Chefs' Academy

A passion for cooking starts at an early age, if you have a budding Chef in the family then joining our Young Chef Academy is the perfect way to develop their talent.

The Young Chefs' Academy is sponsored by Down Hall Country House Hotel. The course is aimed at Years 10 and 11 students and provides a great start for those interested in a career in food and culinary arts.

The course runs for 8 weeks based within the training kitchens at The College’s Harlow campus. It begins with an introduction to the kitchen, how to use the equipment and important health and safety issues. Over the following seven weeks you’ll be taught basic cookery skills covering vegetables, soups, pastas, sauces, meat, fish & desserts and more.

During the final week you will be able to invite guests to your Graduation ceremony where you will be presented with a medal and certificate. On the last Wednesday of your course you will prepare and serve a delicious dinner for your invited guests at Down Hall Country House Hotel.

The cost is £60 and the graduation ceremony is £10.00 per a person.

Graduation dates: 11 March 2020 (Venue to be confirmed)

Culinary Skills Introduction

This is a practical programme, which helps you to develop skills in cooking. These skills will allow you to prepare a wide range of dishes. The Certificate gives you an excellent grounding in the hospitality and catering industry.

Food and Beverage Service Diploma

This is a practical programme which helps you to develop your knowledge and skills for various styles of food service, including plate, silver service and buffet. In addition you will learn other workplace essentials like hygiene, health & safety, teamwork and customer care.

Food Preparation and Service (including Barista Training)

This course is focused on developing a broad range of skills used in the hospitality industry. In our skills kitchens you will develop your practical skills using a variety of foods and equipment. Away from the kitchen you will also gain an excellent understanding of delivering outstanding service. You will benefit from our excellent links with highly reputable businesses and industry experts.

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Food Safety in Catering Award

This is a certified course that is essential if you are considering working within the Hospitality and Catering Industry. You will look at the safe and hygienic handling of food, gain a knowledge and understanding of food poisoning and food borne disease, preservation of food, cleaning and disinfection, personal hygiene, pest control and legal requirements and responsibilities.

Hospitality & Catering Services Apprenticeship

If you're keen to earn whilst you learn an apprenticeship is for you. An Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering Services will give you the skills and experience you'll need to work competently within the hospitality industry whilst working towards the industry standard qualification. You'll work under the close supervision of an experienced employer and you'll learn all aspects of the industry, while maintaining effective working relationships with other trades and customers.

Hospitality and Events Management

This course is focused on developing a broad range of skills used in the hospitality and events industry. It will equip you with key front of house skills and organising techniques to enable you to co-ordinate functions, events and conferences. You will also develop a deeper understanding of the role required for management and supervision. It encompasses everything you need to know in order to deliver outstanding service, manage an event, and supervise a team.